Forum: “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizen”

The theme, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizen” will be the focus of a forum planned for 29 July at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning, 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Around 150 years ago, Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith proclaimed: “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.[1]  This reflects the fundamental conviction in the Bahá’í Faith that we all belong to one human family, while denouncing unbridled nationalism, as distinguished from a sane and legitimate patriotism, and emphasising a wider loyalty to love humanity as a whole.  According to  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá  “This earth  is one  household and the native land of all humanity; therefore, the human race should ignore distinctions and boundaries which are artificial and conducive to disagreement and hostility.[2]

Development of science and technology since the time of Bahá’u’lláh has revolutionised communication and transportation across the globe, and has removed the physical barriers towards the realisation of such ideal. The world has become a global village and the society has reached a new stage of maturity. The forces of change in the world today reflect part of an organic process of social evolution that will ultimately lead to the unification of the human race into a single social order whose boundaries are those of the planet.  There are, however, many personal, social, cultural and political impediments that should be addressed before world citizenship becomes a reality.

The first step in this process is accepting the oneness of humanity.  This is a characteristic different from uniformity, resembling closely to the structure and functioning of the human body.  The millions diverse cells forming the body should function in perfect harmony and cooperation to ensure the wellbeing and health of the body. The same is true for the diverse people living on the planet and the state of the world. In fact, such diversity is a source of strength as the diversity of colours and fragrances of flowers in a garden add to its richness and beauty.

Acceptance of the oneness of humanity demands total elimination of all types of prejudice, whether racial, religious, or gender from people’s heart and minds as well as the social system. This will be inevitably followed by the emergence of a world federal system and its universally agreed and enforceable laws.

The profound statement of Bahá’u’lláh:  “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizen” will be discussed in forum planned for 29 July, 7.30 pm at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

[1]           Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

[2]           ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace.

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